Now that live music is making a comeback, watching a show at an outside venue is quickly becoming the popular choice for those looking to safely enjoy their favorite local and national bands. Throughout Virginia, there are opportunities to catch live music in a scenic outdoor environment. With venues ranging from local breweries to large amphitheaters, the possibilities are endless to discover why Virginia is for (Outdoor) Music Lovers.
The Yard at Farmbrew Live, Manassas
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Farm Brew LIVE is an 8-acre campus that features craft beer, craft food, and live, local music. Included are 2 Silos Brewing, Co. and tasting room, The YARD outdoor live music venue, The Pit BBQ and beer garden, and La Gringa Food Truck. Farm Brew LIVE is part of Innovation Park in Prince William County on the site of the historic Thomasson Barn.
The YARD features a variety of fare from The Pit Barbecue, ample outdoor seating, fire pits, event space, walking trails, bocce ball courts, and adjoins by a one-acre agricultural field with crops ranging from hops to herbs, berries, and pumpkins. The YARD outdoor music stage features many local and regional musicians and can accommodate up to 1200 guests.
Main Line Brewery, Richmond
Main Line Brewery offers an ever-changing selection of craft beer and hard seltzers along with a curated calendar of live entertainment playing on their outdoor stage. Enjoy good times in a wide-open venue with indoor and outdoor seating for you and all your friends, and don’t pass up the opportunity to visit the adjoining Cirrus Vodka tasting room.
Lickinghole Creek Brewery, Goochland
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Lickinghole Creek is a farm brewery and outdoor agribusiness venue in rural Goochland County outside of Richmond that promotes and hosts events and beer collaboration with talented artists to combine the best of beer and the best of music.
Blue Mountain Brewery, Afton
Blue Mountain Brewery is Virginia’s first countryside brewery, hop farm, and tasting room. Serving ten hand crafted brews on draft every day paired with a local food menu, here you’ll find a large outdoor entertainment area complete with weekly live music.
Brambly Park, Richmond
Brambly Park is an urban winery and oasis on two acres located in the northwest corner of Richmond’s Scott’s Addition neighborhood. The venue hosts regularly scheduled events and live music performances, including its “After Dark” late night concert series.
The Shanty, Cape Charles
The Shanty is a seafood restaurant located in the historic Cape Charles Harbor, featuring fresh local caught seafood live music every weekend. Visitors can enjoy sitting on the water as they catch local acts.
The Sessions Hotel, Bristol
Attend a concert under the stars right in the heart of downtown Bristol, the Birthplace of Country Music. The expansive outdoor music lawn at The Sessions Hotel hosts live performances by premiere talent. After the show, head up to The Rooftop to enjoy drinks by a fire pit while surrounded by breath-taking views of the Appalachian Mountains.
B Chord Brewing Company, Round Hill
A 66-acre Virginia Farm Brewery and Live Music Venue located in Western Loudoun County, B Chord Brewing Company is tucked in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the venue is filled with the peace and serenity that Western Loudoun farm life is known for. B Chord celebrates community every Thursday night with “Neighborhood Night”, a community jam session with beer specials like $5 pints after 5:30pm! The Brewery has live music every Friday and Saturday, and most Sundays.
Stable Craft Brewing, Waynesboro
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Situated on a true working farm, Stable Craft offers lots of entertaining activities to pair with their delicious beers. Along with the addition of their signature Diamond T Outdoor stage for live music, several improvements and renovations were made to Stable Craft in 2021, including tripling their covered patio space, the addition of a new outdoor bar and dining decks, and new fire pits.
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When concert goers attend the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, they are standing on what used to be a working farm. Catherine Filene Shouse acquired the land and founded Wolf Trap in 1966 when she donated the land to the U.S. government as well as funds to build a large outdoor amphitheater.
Starr Hill Tysons Biergarten, Tysons
Surrounded by a large, landscaped park, the brand-new Starr Hill Biergarten at the Capital One Center is a 5,000 sq. ft. outdoor dining and lounge space that includes an adjacent amphitheater with lawn seating, offering a wide array of live entertainment.
Looking for more live music? Check out virginia.org/music for shows and festivals across the state!